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  • Starting to get excited…

    Posted on February 22nd, 2009 Austin Shinkle No comments

    As my next business trip is only a week away, I am starting to get excited. For those who didn’t know, I will be traveling to Germany again. I will be leaving around 10AM on Sunday and will return April 10th. I will be gone for almost 6 weeks, which is the same amount of time that I was gone a year ago. This will be my fourth trip to Germany for work and my 10th total. I am excited that I am getting to travel this much right now. I love to see the world and experience new things. I will start another Euro trip page to track my travels this time. It looks like I will have some company there for at least one weekend. The colleague that is going with me has never been so I am letting him pick the destination. Initially, it looks like we will be going to Berlin, which is about 3 hours away. I would be happy to go back to Berlin as it was the first place that I went and was by myself. I saw many cool things, but missed quite a bit as well. I walked everywhere I went in Berlin and we would take the U-Bahn.

    I have booked my hotel for the first weekend in Brussels, Belgium. I am excited to see Brussels which is the capital of the European Union. I booked a hotel right downtown that claims that they have parking, which would be helpful after my experience in Paris last year. That is a lesson learned there!

    Depending on the approval of another colleague’s travel I could have more company. We were looking at going to the Czech Republic or possibly Sweden. There are many cheap flights from Dusseldorf, which is a fairly short drive from Lippstadt.

    In other news, I am seriously considering buying a house or condo when I return from Germany. I think that the market as well as my personal situation make it a very appealing time for me to buy. I am looking right now downtown on the waterfront. I think that it would be very nice to live in John’s Landing, which is at the bottom of the OHSU tram on the water. From what I have initially seen, the condos there are very expensive. I don’t really want to spend too much and have it be a financial burden. I do know that I do not want a studio. They have never appealed to me.

    One more week of work until I leave. I have to get everything finalized and make sure I am ready to leave. I need to clean my computer out so that I have plenty of free disk space. I took over 900 pictures last time and take them all at 10MP which means that each image is about 4MB. I am glad that I decided to do that because I printed 9 photos from my last trip to decorate my walls in my room and they came out great. I am thinking of getting a coffee table book or two made. Hopefully, I get some good ones this time!

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